karkade : refreshing iced hibiscus tea

  • Yield:

    1½ litres
  • Cooking Method:

  • Prep Time:

    5 mins
  • Cook Time:

    30 mins


no allergens


healthy, vegan
karkade : refreshing iced hibiscus tea

This is a gorgeous and refreshing drink which is perfect for hot summer days. Karkade is found everywhere in Egypt, it's drunk hot in the winter, and iced in the summer  with the delicious hibiscus flower flavouring the water. In Egypt they serve a drink WAY sweeter than my recipe so feel free to up the sugar content in your tea. I am sure that if you google it there will be a load of health benefits of this delicious flower. 


  • 2 handfuls of dried hibiscus flowers
  • 2 Tbs demerara sugar
  • 1½ litres of boiling water
  • & later a few handfuls of ice


  1. Bung all the ingredients except the ice into a large teapot. Leave to stew for at least half an hour.

    karkade - refreshing iced hibiscus tea waiting
    in the jug ready to stew

  2. Once the hibiscus flowers have released all their colour and flavour sieve the tea into a large jug (collecting all the flowers and allowing the tea to drain into your jug)

  3. I then pour all the tea into recycles glass passata jars and allow to cool. Once they have cooled I pop the lid on and place them in the fridge. 

  4. You can drink it as is fresh from the fridge with ice cubes in your glass; or make it into a karkade slushy by  whacking a couple of handfuls of ice into your liquidiser with a glass off the karkade and blitz.